Definition of Fermata

1. Noun. A musical notation (over a note or chord or rest) that indicates it is to be prolonged by an unspecified amount.

Generic synonyms: Musical Notation



2. Noun. (music) a prolongation of unspecified length on a note or chord or rest.
Generic synonyms: Continuation, Lengthiness, Prolongation, Protraction
Category relationships: Music

Definition of Fermata

1. Noun. (music) The holding of a note or rest for longer than its usual duration; also the notation of such a prolongation, usually represented as a dot with a semi-circle above it, written above the prolonged note or rest. ¹

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Definition of Fermata

1. the sustaining of a musical note, chord, or rest beyond its written time value [n -TAS or -TE]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fermata

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fermata (current term)
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fermentative dyspepsia

Literary usage of Fermata

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dwight's Journal of Music by John Sullivan Dwight (1867)
"45) At length it gradually subsides; the agitated bosom of nature, after heaving twice or thrice from its very depths (shortly before the first fermata), ..."

2. The Art of the Player-piano: A Text-book for Student and Teacher by Sydney Grew (1922)
"We count through a long fermata, and dwell on one only of the beats—which, depends on the character of the rhythm. The return to tempo (a tempo or in tempo) ..."

3. On the Performance of Beethoven's Symphonies by Felix Weingartner (1907)
"I sustained the fermata for a considerable length of time in strictest //, did not ... If the fermata is waved off the effect of this return is far less ..."

4. Illustrated Technical Dictionary in Six Languages, English, German, French by Kurt Deinhardt, Alfred Schlomann (1909)
"... (v) il segnale alla fermata puesta (f) de la señal en via cerrada закрыть ... (v) il segnale in posizione di fermata poner (v) la señal en via cerrada ..."

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